District Judge Terrence Boyle heard arguments on Wednesday afternoon in Raleigh.
Poole, the ex-aide to former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley was indicted last month on 51 counts of accepting trips and profiting from investments in coastal developments he helped expedite through regulatory hurdles.
Poole was in court with his attorney Jeff Zeszotarski.
During the hearing, Judge Boyle set the trial to begin the week of April 26 and is expected to last five to eight days.
Zeszotarski kept saying throughout the hearing how he doesn't think there is enough time to go through all the documents and witnesses the government appears to have.
The judge said that if the trial date ends up being imprudent, because of factors that arise between now and then, the court will then consider modifying the date.